Cast announced for the return of RENT at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre’s smash-hit, critically acclaimed production of the classic rock musical RENT is to return with LIVE performances at the Manchester venue from August 6 to September 19, 2021.

New cast members include Luke Bayer (Mark), Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (Benny), Iona Fraser, Alison Driver, Joe Foster and Karl Lankester.

They join Tom Francis (Roger), Jocasta Almgill (Joanne), Dom Hartley-Harris (Collins), Millie O’Connell (Maureen), Maiya Quansah-Breed (MImi), Alex Thomas-Smith (Angel) and Isaac Hesketh who are returning to the production.

RENT, directed by Luke Sheppard (‘& Juliet’), is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Puccini’s opera ‘La Bohème’. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists living, loving and working in Manhattan’s East Village, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

RENT premiered Off Broadway in 1996 before moving to Broadway later the same year. The show has been staged all over the world, including in the West End in 1998 and in 2005 was released as a motion picture. It features hit songs such as ‘Rent’, ‘Without You’, ‘La Vie La Bohème’ and the iconic ‘Seasons of Love’.